Ten Characters/Authors I Would Name My Cat After

This week’s TTT topic is an interesting one! I am 100% a cat person. I have had a cat in my life since the day I was born, so this topic was fun for me to think about. I would definitely consider naming the next cat that comes into my life after a bookish character or author.


Mr. Darcy's Feelings; Or, What Jane Austen Really Tells Us About Her Hero…  – Jane Austen in Vermont

We had to start with the most obvious and the name I would most likely choose! It is no secret that I adore Mr. Darcy and I just think it would be a great name for a cat.


Marvel Just Updated Loki's Official Bio - And It Changes Everything

Loki is one of my favourite characters in all the forms in which he appears in pop culture, from the Marvel movies to Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. His mischievous nature just makes Loki the perfect name for a cat.


John Steinbeck - Books, Pearl & Quotes - Biography

John Steinbeck wrote one of my favourite books, Cannery Row, and I always thought that Steinbeck would be a cool name for a cat. I mean, I guess I could name them John, but it that doesn’t seem very literary does it?! I would also consider naming a cat Mack, who is one of the most memorable characters in Cannery Row.


Truman Capote's Lost Novel Would Have Aired All His Dirtiest Laundry -  Electric Literature

I am fascinated by Truman Capote and his life. He seemed to be a complicated man and, from what I can tell, often selfish. Maybe not the most flattering name for a cat, but I love it!


Filming a Great Gatsby origin story shows our culture is eating itself |  Caspar Salmon | Opinion | The Guardian

I do not know why I am turning to classic for all these names, but they just seem the most literary to me and they are all names I love. Gatsby would be such a cool name, or I guess I could put a twist on it and call them “Catsby”.



I read The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin for the first time this year and absolutely loved it. Essun quickly became one of my favourite characters of all time. I appreciated her complexity and that she has a unique voice and perspective. Definitely a name I would consider for a future cat!


December's Book Club Pick: Turning Circe Into a Good Witch - The New York  Times

As you can see, I love the idea of mythical names for cats. This name is definitely inspired by Circe by Madeleine Miller- one of my favourite books of all time.


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The Bear and the Nightingale is such a stunning book, and I adored the name Vasilisa has soon as I read it. I also adore the character herself. This name is in keeping with the kind of names I like for pets, as this novel is inspired by Russian fairy tales.


I know that Rose is not the most inspired name, but three of my favourite novels (Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill) have main characters with the name Rose, and I adore them all. That is why I had to include in on this list.


Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson,  20th Anniversary Edition: Albom, Mitch: 9780767905923: Books - Amazon.ca

I read Tuesdays with Morrie when I was around twelves years old and it is one of the books that made me fall in love with reading. I also distinctly remember my dad purchasing it for me and I have actually gone to a Mitch Albom book signing with my dad, so the name Morrie reminds me of him.


What literary name would you give your pet? Or do you already have a pet that has a literary name?

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85 thoughts on “Ten Characters/Authors I Would Name My Cat After

  1. I agree with so many of these! Essun is such a great name. And oh, the character of Circe definitely deserves a homage. This is an amazing list! Here’s a link to MY POST in case you’re interested. Have a great reading week!❤️

  2. I’ve always adopted cats and kept the names they’d been given by prior caretakers, which weren’t particularly noteworthy. That said, I’ve long thought about giving my next male cat the name of Jean Val Jean. I adore this central figure and all he stands for from Les Miserables.

  3. Catsby is the BEST name for a cat!! This entire list is great, though I, like everyone else, have a soft spot for Darcy. Loki and Circe are perfect for the mischievous nature of kittens and I think Vasilisa is extremely suitable too, since in greek that’s the word for queen and cats are definitely royals.

  4. This is such a great post!! 🙂 I loved your ideas for Darcy and Loki!!! I LOVE Loki, too! Those WOULD be very good names for cats. However, Rose? I mean, come on. You had lots of unique and creative names selected from books and movies and Rose was kinda a let down. I good person name, but not a cat name. 😉 🙂

  5. My friend actually does have a cat named Loki and I don’t know if it was the name or just destiny but even at 10 he’s still a big old trouble maker!

  6. oh my goodness I love Steinbeck!!!!! his writing means so much to me, just because he does characters and “awful-but-also-strangely-loving” family-dynamics so so well. My favorite of his has to be East of Eden, but Cannery Row had some of the BEST imagery I’ve ever come across. <3 amazing post!

  7. Personnaly, I’d love to name a cat Sherlock!! I love how it sounds — and Darcy is a nice name too! However, as a French person, I think I could never name a pet Capote… 😅 the French word “capote” means condom 😅

  8. Love all these names for cats! Most of my cats (because I am a cat person) will be named after book character. I have a cat and she is named “Hazel” after Hazel Levesque from Heroes of Olympus.

  9. I loved the way you twisted “Gatsby” to “Catsby”. Also, I guess I would name my cat “Chairman Meow” after Magnus Bane’s cat in the mortal instruments.

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